Winter warmers

Hi all,

Just a quick post this time as I wanted to share 2 recipes with you I have been making a lot of recently…chicken soup and ‘Oaties’!

Chicken soup for the soul…

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With this hideously wet and cold weather we are having in the UK (SA followers – stop smirking!!) I have been making a lot of soups and chicken soup in particular, to cheer me up! The girls love it and it is great for using up left over roast chicken and vegetables.

Ingredients:

Left over roast chicken or 2-3 chicken breasts (cut into cubes)

Left over roast vegetables – peppers, courgettes, red onions, parsnips, etc

Garlic – 1-2 cloves, crushed

2 Leeks, chopped

2 tsp Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon

Approx 1 litre water

A little flour for thickening

Method:

–       Add the leeks and garlic to a pan and sauté with a little oil.

–       Add the chicken and roasted vegetables and give a good stir

–       Next add the stock powder and the water

–       Simmer for approx. 20 minutes

–       Mix a little flour with either water or milk for a creamier soup

–       Add to the soup and stir until thickens slightly

–       Serve with warm, crusty bread

‘Oaties’

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These oats biscuits are similar to a previous recipe I posted of ‘Oaty snack bars’ but these are bit more like biscuits as they have some flour added and I think these are better! They are great as after school snacks to keep the kids going until dinner time. As they contain oats, they will give your children a slow and sustained energy release instead of a sudden sugar high and then (just as sudden) drop!

Ingredients:

75g oats

75g whole meal self-raising flour

75g dried coconut

1 Tbsp oil

1 Tbsp milk (can use a non-dairy alternative too, such as coconut milk)

2 mashed ripe bananas

1 Tbsp honey (optional)

Handful seeds eg. Sunflower and pumpkin seed mix (you could also add some chopped nuts eg. almonds)

Handful dried fruit eg. Raisins/dried cranberries

Method:

Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix….it’s as easy as that!

Shape into biscuits – you should get about 8 large biscuits from this mixture or 12 small ones.

Take this with you to the school gates and the children will love them (and you!)

Lastlya clever snack/dessert idea: 

Chopped banana with a dollop of peanut butter, sprinkling of coconut and a blueberry/raspberry on top. They are sooooo good…give them a try!

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Paula x

 NOTE:

Tbsp = tablespoon (15ml)

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